Wind hindcast maps from NASA above indicate a favorable capacity factor for hydrokinetic and wind hybrid energy conversion modules over a vast region of the Northern Pacific Ocean near Eureka, California. According to NASA Visible Earth Global Wind Speed data, this vast region consistently sustains wind speeds averaging above 9.3m/s or 18.1 kts.
The Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ recommends further study in deploying a fleet of Turbofoil® -equipped vessels configured with a parasail. The parasail exploits high altitude winds of substantial force but lower turbulence in stable conditions. Using an Exponential Wind Gradient Model with a Hellman Exponent conservatively estimated at α=0.12 indicates a wind speed at a height of 300m to be 1.32 times greater than at 30m as shown on the map above to obtain the operating margins modeled in the Turbofoil® Feasibility Spreadsheets below.
The wind hindcast map from NREL above exhibits the greatest winds near the contiguous United States off the Coast of California between Eureka, California, and Coos Bay, Oregon.
Feasibility of a Turbofoil® off the California Coast
The following pages report profitablility of a Turbofoil® off the California Coast during recent wind events as described above, given NOAA data applied to the Exponential Wind Gradient Model as described above.
Integrated Power Technology Corporation™ has developed the above models to facilitate optimization of design and operational trade-offs of the Turbofoil® and continues to perfect these models and explore other geographic locations for similar development.